TOEFL Junior Comprehensive Test Discontinued

TOEFL Jr. Comprehensive Test Scrapped -TOEFL Jr. Standard to Remain- ETS has decided to stop using the TOEFL Junior Comprehensive. There were troubles with the multi-media part of the exam, so they have decided to stick to the TOEFL Junior Standard for now. As someone who wrote a textbook on the TOEFL Junior Comprehensive, this is…
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Double the number of US college students studying abroad? Generation Study Abroad

Generation Study Abroad That's the new campaign from the IIE, the Institute of International Education.  The aim is to double the number of US college students going overseas. In ten years. Why?  The number of US students who went overseas in 2011-12 was 295,000. It's pitiful. By comparison, China has 235,000 in the US, and that…
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Japanese Students in US Colleges Will Triple in the next Ten Years

I teach in Japan. Looking at the trends here, what is certain to happen, I have no doubt that the number of Japanese studying in international colleges will increase, by 300%, over the next ten years. The growth will come mainly in universities in English-speaking countries, in particular the United States. Why? Japan's current educational…
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Why learn writing?

Why teach writing? Why make kids learn it? Writing is humankind's most difficult form of communication. Simply by interpreting lines on a page, we learn Why learn writing? facts, imagine experiences, and transmit messages. We can learn the thoughts of people thousands of years gone, from other cultures, and express thoughts that millions of people…
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International Students in the US at a Record High, US Students Overseas Increase

More students from overseas are coming to the US to study, according to a new study that was released today by the Institute of International Education. The report also says that more US students are going overseas to study. The International student data is from 2012/13 while the US student data is 2011/12. The top…
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The Good Points of World University Rankings

University rankings have good points. Some believe that colleges spend too much time and money on the ranking game. However, this often has a good effect. From the Chronicle   Competition to improve rankings drives universities to better themselves. They must improve education.  They have to make their student to faculty ratio better.  They have…
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Kids in Japan to learn English from Third Grade . . . someday.

Let's study English!頑張ろう! Kids in Japan are going to start learning English earlier. In another dramatic move, (with the same goal as changing the Center Test) the government announced today that kids will start learning basic English, earlier than the fifth grade, which had been the previous plan.  They will start in the third grade.…
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Japan’s Center Test to Become an Achievement Test, or Goodbye Center Test

The Japanese government is considering changing the Center Test from an entrance exam into an achievement test, something like the America's SAT.  By this, the government aims to change the college exam system from an test-based system to a system that looks at grades, achievement, activities, and ability.  Since the Center Test is the largest…
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